In 1959, the German philosopher and social critic Theodor W. Adorno wrote an essay titled “What does coming to terms with the past mean?” For Sigmar Polke, a German artist working in the postwar era, “the past” was ultimately the scene of a crime, as indicated by the title of the artist’s current retrospective exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010. Join us as we explore this exhibition, and the ways in which Polke struggles with the question of how to make history present, using materials to interrogate the possibilities of recording, remembrance, repression, and restitution.
Gallery Sessions, impromptu interactions facilitated by Museum educators that explore the creative process, art history, and the experience of art, take place daily in select galleries. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.
Sign language–interpreted Gallery Sessions are held every fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.
Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum educators, that offer insightful and unusual ways to engage with MoMA’s collection and special exhibitions.
Gallery Sessions are free for members and Museum admission ticket holders. No registration is required. Groups meet in the Marron Atrium, Floor 2.
FM headsets for sound amplification are available for all talks.